AN Indian restaurant spiced up a fundraising drive and raised vital cash for a hospice.
Bollywood came to Hartlepool for a night as Spices Restaurant, at Navigation Point, Hartlepool Marina, held an event to raise money for Hartlepool and District Hospice.
Scores of guests enjoyed a meal specially selected for the night and entertainment provided by Arababes and the impressive Stagecoach Theatre Arts School.
Abdul Khalik, manager at Spices Restaurant said the night was a huge success and has vowed to follow it up with further fundraising events for the cause.
He said: “It was a really good night and everyone who came seemed to enjoy themselves.
“To raise more than £850 is brilliant. It’s great to be able to help out such a fantastic cause and one which is so close to a lot of people’s hearts.
“We will definitely be doing more events like this one in the future.”
Tracy Woodall, chief executive of the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said: “We are delighted with how the evening went.
“The food was excellent, the entertainment was fantastic and valuable funds were raised for our hospice at the same time.
“All in all a great evening.”
Meanwhile, talented young dancers wowed their audience with a series of show-stopping performances and also raised money for the cause.
Students as young as two, from the Hollis Academy of Dance, took to the stage for three nights at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.
The kind-hearted dancers raised more than £360 for the hospice with their efforts.
Sandra Britten, of the hospice, said: “Putting on such a show takes time and dedication and I would like to extend our thanks to the students, teachers and everyone else who supported this fantastic event.
“Funding from events such as ‘Just Dance It’ is a valuable source of income for the hospice and helps to ensure we can continue to provide these services long into the future.”